We are pleased to report that attendance at Portesham Primary School is consistently high with improvements year on year. We operate a certificate incentive scheme which celebrates great attendance and that has generated positive results. A high attendance rate suggests that children are happy in school and enjoy being here.


Our school day starts at 8.45am.

Pupils who are not present for registration but arrive before 9.25 am will be marked as present but late. Any pupil arriving after this time will be marked as an unauthorised absence.

If your child has a medical appointment which will force them to be late please ensure you inform the school in good time.


Guidelines state that children are required to attend school regularly in accordance with the requirements of the school. This equates to 100% attendance.

From September 2013 Headteachers do not have the authority to grant leave of absence for holidays.

If parents disregard these regulations they will be breaking the law and could face a fine. The school is legally obliged to record unauthorised absences.

The Headteacher will assess requests for leave of absence for exceptional circumstances.

If your child is unwell

Please ring the school on the first day of absence or send a written message.

The School telephone number to report absence is 01305 871283.